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Biological Scientist Interview

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Heather Douglass has over 20 years of experience as a Career Coach, Recruiter, and HR Specialist. Much of her experience is as a Technical Recruiter in the healthcare industry.

Biological Scientist was updated on January 22nd, 2018. Learn more here.

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How do you handle a larger than average workload?

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Biological Scientist Interview

  1. 1.

    How do you handle a larger than average workload?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know that you can handle the workload required of you in this position and that you will not become overwhelmed if/when workloads unexpectedly increase. When workloads increase, stress levels do too. How do you react?

      Heather's Answer

      "When I have a large workload on my plate, I do not stress over the tasks that are in front of me. Rather, I make a simple plan of which tasks are a high priority and which tasks are a lower priority. The higher priority tasks, I complete first. Through this system, I can focus on my tasks individually, rather than stress out by the multitude of tasks ahead of me."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Here are some suggestions on how to handle a large workload:

      - List your tasks and prioritize them
      - Think of which jobs add to the company's bottom line, and start there (Closest to the money!)
      - Exhale. Relax for a minute and collect yourself
      - Organize your tasks by which ones you can complete independently and which ones you need help with
      - Take sufficient breaks, so you do not exhaust yourself
      - Communicate your struggles with your leadership or team"

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I first take a step back and make a list of all the deliverable work that I have. Then, I prioritize the list by deadline and ease of completion. I always try to hit the easy tasks first and get them off my to-do list. Feeling like I am making progress keeps me motivated."

      1 Community Answer

      Anonymous Answer

      "Setting priority and time management. If you ask more, I would say having a strong balance between personal and professional lives. I first take a step back and make a list of all the deliverable work that I have. Then, I prioritize the list by deadline and ease of completion. I always try to hit the easy tasks first and get them off my to-do list. Feeling like I am making progress keeps me motivated."

      Stephanie's Answer

      Wonderful response! You do a really good job of showing how you manage a large workload, including how you use prioritization and problem-solving skills.

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